These Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands Go One Step Further

It’s kind of insane that cruelty-free beauty is still a thing. That even despite all the advancements that have been made in the industry as a whole, we still have to worry about whether or not our red lipstick was tested on a baby monkey in a bright, sterile lab before it made its way to us. Somehow, animal testing is still a relatively common practice in cosmetics, so for many, living and dying by the law of the Leaping Bunny is the only way to be.

Fortunately, there are plenty of brands out there that leave animal testing out of the equation — and even better, some of them take it to the next level by putting their money where their mission statements are.

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Buying something from one of these nine companies means you’ll not only get a great product, but you’ll be giving to a great (fuzzy, scaly, and everything in between) cause, too. How’s that for giving back?

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Vegan, cruelty-free makeup brand Aether Beauty prides itself on being the first to create an eyeshadow palette that's fully recyclable, meaning that (after taking out the eyeshadow pans) you can throw the whole thing into a recycling bin and know that it's going to exactly the right place. While the first palette benefitted clean water initiatives in Africa, its second palette benefits the rainforests: 10% of proceeds go to The Rainforest Foundation, which works with indigenous communities to protect forests and the animals within them.
Aether Crystal Grid Gemstone Palette$58.00 Buy
After pledging to become the first vegan, cruelty-free luxury brand by 2020, Hourglass Cosmetics has now launched a special 100% vegan powder palette with blushes, highlighters, and metallic strobe powder. With a new Hourglass logo on the case to represent its cruelty-free commitment, 5% of all profits from the palette will go to the Nonhuman Rights Project, the only civil rights organization in America that works to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for animals.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Unlocked$80.00 Buy
The luxury makeup brand Chantecaille has ongoing partnerships with several philanthropic organizations that benefit animals, with 5% of proceeds from the sale of its Protect the Wolves Eye Shade Trio donated to Conservation Northwest, which works to protect wildlife in the American Pacific Northwest, and proceeds from its new Lip Veil going to benefit Space for Giants, which strives to preserve the migration path for elephants in Africa.
Chantecaille Lip Veil$48.00 Buy
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The cruelty-free, vegan brand Karity has a Palettes for Paws initiative in which for every palette sold, it donates a meal to an animal in need in partnership with its local SPCA shelters.
Karity Rosé All Day$19.00 Buy
This high-end hair care brand for humans offers a similarly luxurious shampoo for dogs, which contains oatmeal to soothe itchy skin and argan oil for a shiny, healthy coat. But the best part: 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Doggy ‘Poo go to the San Diego Humane Society and Shelter to Soldier, a nonprofit that adopts dogs from local shelters to be trained as psychiatric service dogs for veterans of post-9/11 combat.
Unite Doggy ‘Poo Shampoo$16.50 Buy
A portion of the sales from every package of these gentle, biodegradable cleansing wipes goes to the Natural Resources Defense Council's Polar Bear SOS initiative, a campaign committed to preserving polar bears’ habitats and eliminating other threats, such as hunting. It’s believed that pollution is even damaging male polar bears’ penis bones, which prevents them from breeding successfully.
Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes$12.00 Buy
Guess what creature Burt’s Bees donates a portion of its proceeds to? Bees, of course. The brand’s co-founder, Burt Shavitz, passed away in 2015, but this was a guy who really, really loved his bees. “We've made it a priority to establish more diverse bee forage alongside farmland; our goal is to impact 10,000 acres of registered honeybee forage by 2020,” the company’s website explains. “By the same token, we're conducting field research to better understand the relationship between agricultural yields and bee health.”
Burt's Bees® Intense Hydration Night Cream$18.00 Buy
Every cent from every Charity Pot purchase (excluding tax) goes to small, grassroots organizations working toward environmental and human rights causes, as well as animal welfare. One current partner is the Beagle Freedom Project, which liaisons with laboratories all over the world to secure the release of dogs and other animals that have been used for testing to give them a second chance at a normal life with a loving family.
Lush Charity Pot$7.95 Buy
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The buzzy makeup brand announced on World Oceans Day, June 8, that it’s teamed up with the Sea Turtle Conservancy, a non-profit organization that works worldwide to save sea turtle populations from extinction, for a new ongoing partnership. More details of the collaboration are on the way — but you can always feel good knowing that Tarte continues to support the rainforest cooperatives that inspired the popular Rainforest of the Sea collection.
Tarte Radiance Drops - Rainforest of the Sea Collection$32.00 Buy
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